God Our Father, Friend and Helper – Part 2
“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!” (1 John 3:1 NIV)
Scripture teaches that God the Father sent us his Son, Jesus; and Jesus, before he left this earth, promised — and afterward sent us— the Holy Spirit. So the Father sent the Son, and the Son sent the Spirit. We serve one God, who is a triune God; and there are lessons to be learned as we study each person of the Trinity.
A thousand pages could easily be written on the Fatherhood of God, but one important thing that God our Father wants us to know is that he loves us. And he wants us to live every day accepting and embracing his love. This is a challenge even for Christians who have been faithfully walking with the Lord and who love him with all their heart. That’s because the longer you walk with God, and the more you hunger and thirst for righteousness, the more you see your own imperfections. A brilliant ray of sun shining through a window lights up all kinds of dust participles floating in the air. That’s just how it is with God. The closer we get, the more we see how far we fall short; and we end up like Isaiah when he saw the vision of the Lord and cried out, “Woe is me!” Our victory is to know that and to be humbled by it, but to still realize, “He loves me!”
Perhaps you’ve been hurt and damaged by what others have done to you. It may have even been an earthly father who rejected you and didn’t love you, which makes it even more difficult for you to understand the extent of your heavenly Father's love for you. Or it could be someone else who threw you away or walked out on you. Maybe you are afraid of getting close to anyone else as a result. You have gotten cynical and hard and have closed your heart to try to protect yourself from ever getting hurt again. The problem is that as you close the shutters, you end up closing yourself to God and his love as well. If that’s you today, I want to remind you that your heavenly Father loves you. The devil will say, “How could he? Look at you!” But you have to resist him, saying, “He loves me; and even before I was born, he gave his Son for me.”
To be continued…
Read 1 John 3:1-3.